By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
Just an observation. Let’s name the principles of liberty that have been denied to the American Population in the name of safety from a virus.
Freedom of Assembly. Group meetings have been cancelled, and disallowed.
Freedom of Movement. People in some States are being cited for leaving their houses for “non-essential” reasons.
Freedom of Religion. Technically, in States where meeting in groups is not being allowed, going to church is against the law.
Freedom of Speech. Anyone with an opinion other than one that agrees with the official narrative is shouted down, censored, or silenced.
Freedom of the Press. The firing of Trish Regan for her opinions regarding the coronavirus is a great example. The cancellation of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media accounts for not carrying water for the official narrative are also great examples.
Right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances. Protests calling for reopening cities and States are being shut down, and in a case in San Diego the organizer is facing jail time.
Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Some States are disallowing gun stores to remain open during the coronavirus hysteria.
. Access to our rights are being stripped from us despite the Fourteenth Amendment’s requirement that that can only be done if one is found guilty in a court of law. Last time I checked, viruses are not Due Process
, they are not a judge, and they are not a jury.
Right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects. Some stories have emerged where health professionals are sharing patients’ personal information with government agencies or personnel.
There are no allowances in both the federal constitution or any of the State constitutions allowing government to quarantine the healthy.
Separation of Powers. A number of State legislatures have given legislative powers to their governors so that their executive orders are legally binding. However, if you read those State Constitutions, the word “vested” is used in the documents granting of legislative powers. That means that the legislature may not give away their legislative powers, even to the governor in a time of crisis. “Vested” means that those powers are irrevocable.